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James "Jim" Cunningham


04/18/1941 - 08/12/2014 Obituary
James "Jim" Cunningham Obituary
James (Jim) Cunningham (73) passed away on August 12, 2014. James was born on April 18, 1941, to proud parents Perris and Fannie Mae Cunningham, in Bakersfield, California. James was the firstborn of ten children.
James met the love of his life, Marva Ragsdale, in 1965, and they wed in June of 1968. In this union of 46 years, James and Marva loved and cherished each other until the very end.
James was employed by the City of Bakersfield for approximately 39 years. All who knew Jim, knew he was an avid sportsman. Some of his favorite teams included the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Boston Celtics. His hobbies included playing cards, dominoes, and making picture collages.
James was preceded in death by his father, Perris Cunningham Sr.; his mother, Fannie Mae Cunningham; his brothers, Billy Sr. and Pastor Raymond Cunningham; and his sister, Missionary Linda J. Cunningham. His memories will always be cherished by his faithful and loving wife, Marva; a son, James (Jr); his two brothers, Perris Jr. and Larry (Kim) Owens; five sisters, Dorothy Edmonds, Louise, Dina Gail, Marsha Renee Cunningham, and Beverly Ann Tyler-Hodge; brother-in-law, Carl (Shenetha) Ragsdale; sisters-in-law, Melba Cunningham and Cynthia (Comas) Boyd Sr.; a goddaughter, Jasmine Blue; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.
For honoring his memory, in lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that you make a donation to the Bakersfield Memorial Hospital NICU Unit. The family is requesting a private interment. For condolences please visit www.greenlawnmortuaryandcemetery.com.
Greenlawn Southwest Funeral Home
Published in Bakersfield Californian on Aug. 19, 2014
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